28 February 2021
Constance Hotels & Resorts, Indian Ocean
With hotels dotted around the Indian Ocean – in the Maldives, the Seychelles, Mauritius and Madagascar – the luxurious Constance group has a firm commitment to caring for its guests, the islands it inhabits and the communities who live there. Now a Gold member of Green Globe for its sustainable practices and green initiatives, it also enhances the prosperity of these blissful destinations not only through employing locals but by promoting regional food, entertainment and culture, preserving the local heritage and offering island-produced, eco-friendly crafts to take home as a wonderful memory of your time in paradise.
Constance Moofushi, Maldives
This chic all-inclusive is in a diving mecca on the tip of the South Ari atoll a 45-minute seaplane ride from Malé International Airport, and as well as being within easy reach of many great dive sites has its own house reef just metres from the beach. Other ways to experience the superb marine life are dolphin-watching sorties in the resort’s private dhoni, while water sports, night-fishing and beach volleyball are popular, and there’s an over-water spa on a wooden jetty and yoga sessions in the dedicated pavilion for those who want to take a break from all the activity and exploring and just simply be. The spa uses local bio marine products in its treatments. This is a relatively intimate resort with 110 thatched-roof beach and overwater villas and a private beach cinema. Toes-in-the-sand Manta with its overwater section lets you interact with chefs as they cook Maldivian specialities and global dishes, while beachside Alizée serves up charcoal-grilled Indian Ocean seafood and Wagyu beef. Of the two bars, the most alluring is Totem tucked away on the sand beneath indigenous trees, with local decorations carved from driftwood and a menu of fruit smoothies, iced teas and romantic sundowners. For those yearning for a glimpse of the Maldivian way of life, the friendly guest relation teams will organise you a trip to the local fishing village of Himandoo with its mosque, open-air primary school, boatyard and authentic shops.
Constance Ephelia, Seychelles
Nestled away amidst lush vegetation and with a jaw-dropping location on two of the most gorgeous beaches on the island of Mahé, with views over the marine national park of Port Launay, this all-suite and -villa property gets you out and about meeting and supporting locals through activities including climbing, zip-lining and kayaking in the mangroves. On-site you’ll find the largest spa in the Indian Ocean – a little village in itself, with 18 treatment rooms (some for couples) and an array of pools. The aromatic products are based on local plants and herbs to induce a state of equilibrium. Follow that up with a session in the yoga pavilion and you’re good for anything. When you’re feeling active, meanwhile, there’s pedal-boating, catamaraning, wind-surfing, kayaking and other non-motorised water sports, plus diving, fishing, tennis and cycling. The kids’ club is an adventurous one, with younger guests taken off to explore the island and learn local crafts. There’s accommodation here for everyone, from garden-view doubles perfect for couples to family villas and even the eye-opening Presidential Villa with its steam room and sauna. All villas have their own pools. Dining is family-friendly, too, with five restaurants including the beachside, all-day Seselwa (‘Cuisine des Iles’) with its fresh decor and menu of Creole specialities based on the freshest ingredients sourced from local farmers and suppliers.
Good to Know
Constance Hotels & Resorts are all spacious properties well spaced out in natural surroundings, but each has stepped up its health, hygiene and safety practices in response to recent events.
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